HARRISONBURG, Va., June 16, 2010 - James Madison senior second baseman Mike Fabiaschi (Torrington, Conn./Torrington) was chosen Wednesday as the Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award winner for baseball for the 2010 season.
Fabiaschi excelled as a finance major at JMU and was selected as the JMU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was also honored on the Second Team of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District squad and was one of the 30 candidates nationwide for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He was a two-year member of JMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and a multiple recipient of the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award and JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete honor.
On the field, the two-year team captain started the majority of his four years in the middle infield for the Dukes. As a senior, he hit .326 in 53 games with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 34 RBIs, and 12 steals. Within league games, he ranked sixth in the CAA with a .424 average and eighth with a .490 on-base percentage. He was particularly effective in the second half of the season, hitting .369 in the months of April and May, which began with an 11-game hitting streak. He ranked second for JMU with 25 RBIs during the 29 games.
For his career, Fabiaschi hit .298 while appearing in 194 of a possible 218 games, including 172 starts. He scored 120 runs, drove in 108, and added 25 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, and 32 steals. In his final two seasons, he started all of JMU's 107 games with a .327 average. He was First Team All-CAA as a junior in 2009.
Last Wednesday, Fabiaschi was a 38th-round selection of the Oakland Athletics in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He signed his first professional contract on Friday, June 11, and has been assigned to the Vancouver Canadians in the Class A Short Season Northwest League. His first game as a professional will be this Friday, June 18, with a 7:05 p.m. (PDT) against Eugene.
NOTES: Former JMU teammate and fellow draftee Matt Browning (Mystic, Conn./Fitch) signed his contract with the Seattle Mariners after being chosen in the 43rd round. Browning will begin his professional career Monday, June 21 with the Rookie Arizona League Mariners in Peoria, Ariz. Junior Kevin Munson (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring), a fourth-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has not completed his contract to date.